Saturday, February 02, 2008

Well the other day...

I had a fantabulous blog entry I was getting set to post and just as I was adding my last picture for some unknown reason my own dumb pop-up blocker went off the chain and my entire post was lost. I was, needless to say, just a tad set off myself. I was SO irritated because I had been pretty jolly as I compiled my long-overdue post and I was thinking happy thoughts. My happy thoughts went pretty much right out of my head instantly. This was last week. I think it took me that long just to get over my pop-up blocker. Well, OK, not really, because I have been super busy. When am I not super busy you ask? Pretty much never. :+)


So, anyway, I have been knee-deep into review products here at my satelite home office and I am in need of some digging out. I have my article to finish putting together - ok, well I need to put it together completely. LOL I am just cracking myself up over here. I need to plan the next three co-op days (are my co-op gals reading this?!) And I have to continue to homeschool, make healthy meals for my low-sodium-eating husband, fold the laundry that is ever-mounting, clean the house, *and* get my late-night reading finished. Well, OK, I did get my late-night read finished! At least I can say I accomplished something this week. (Huge grin.) 


It *has* been a busy, but very productive week, and not just in my reading--Anthony Trollope's, The Way We Live Now. It was a highly interesting satirical look at 19th century life from a 19th century man. It was fascinating! I was not sure what to expect when I began it, but I really enjoyed it a great deal. I am now marching on into my next late-night read, Dickens: A Biography. This is my second non-fiction work in as many months! I am finding non-fiction to be quite worth reading when it is focused on a particular personage of interest to me. Do any of you dislike starting new books? I look forward to certain books, but I never like starting them. I was happy to see that the Dickens book did not start in a slow manner. The author seemed to jump right in. I need that in order to truly get into a book quickly. I mean I *rarely* ever put down a book never to pick it up again. Poor Plato and his Republic found a ready place on my "From Whence You Came" pile. I even sent him beyond reach via www.Bookmooch.com. Does anyone else have a hard time starting books? I am almost always quite content to be *in* the midst of a book, but starting is just hard for me. It is like making a new friend. It is hard to get close quickly. :+)


We finished our Total Language Plus and enjoyed it very much. We are beginning another journey with another language arts program I recently learned about, Galore Park. It is from the UK and is literature-based like TLP, but not focused upon a single book. It is literature excerpts and poetry mixed in with all the grammatical concepts. We have just begun it so I will reserve judgment until we are in it a bit, but I am already impressed with the level of literature and interesting presentation. I do enjoy discovering good curriculum choices for us!


My Abigail and I are enjoying planning our new spring garden. I almost never look forward to spring because we are the only two who suffer from springtime allergies. They are quite horrid, but we discovered that the Claritin-like drug for allergies works wonders and helps most of the time. We were blessed with a new landscape job in our backyard and now have a lovely lawn surrounded by open areas for plants. This open area has now become our regular passion. We have purchased many plants - and lots of perennial bulbs from Costco - really over 55 of them! LOL Most of them are in the bulb form. Double Hollyhocks and a big bag of Rudbeckia, Echinacea Purpurea, and the White Coneflower were the ones we bought in bulb bags from Costco. Just today we bought soil to pre-plant them in pots to get them started--probably in the garage. LOL I am not sure where we will put them until this insane weather passes. I know we are in California, but it does get down to freezing here at night and I don't want my precious plants to die! The rest of our plants are on the front porch as they are already established, but I am covering them with the blanket at night if it gets below freezing. They are my new babies! LOL


So you can see why we are very excited. My daughter is jolly because we gave her a Home Depot card for plants for her birthday. What eleven year-old wants that? Mine! :+) We are discussing herbal medicine and what kinds of herbs we should plant in the garden. It is delightful to have this in common with her and we have enjoyed our plant conversations very much. God did make those herbs for our use! :+) We also have some other goodies in store for her real day, Feb. 14.


My little man celebrates not only his achievement towards rank of Bear (three beads!) but he will turn nine this Friday. It is amazing that all my children keep getting older. I did not give them permission and they continue to disobey. :+) it is a good thing though, that all my children are now odd. When they are odd and even I cannot remember how old they are. Now I just have to say, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, and then wait for the collective gasp that almost always follows. :+)


I hope you are all doing well. (The remaining few who do kindly read my scribble.) :+) If I don't comment on your blogs very often it isn't because I don't think of you. I have tried to spend less time online as it is such a draw for me. I would *love* to be posting comments all the time and reading about all sorts of things. It *is* hard to remain on task for me because you are all such wonderful and interesting distractions! So, forgive me if I don't come here or visit your virtual front porch very often, but please know that I appreciate each and every person who takes the time to read and/or comment. It makes me smile and usually makes my day.

Have a wonderful week!


Monika/Marie said...

Sorry about your frustrating post. I don't have that problem any more! :)

wrose said...

... for your lovely and encouraging comment on my blog tonight. I appreciate you!



hugabunchmom said...

You are the only blog I'm jumping in on today, I was curious as to what you have been up to. I love your info, I SO wish I had a green thumb, but alas, mine is more dirt colored than anything else. :-( Anyway, I know the busy feeling, I'm on the computer this very moment so that I can actually get DONE with some reviews. My little boys are sick with colds, such a bummer, but I suppose it is that time of year. Hug yourself for me!!

deedeeuk said...

Sounds like fun and all go in your house at the moment. Don't worry about commenting. I know what it is like to spend too much time online! (*blush*) Just nice to hear from you now and then.

andijeane said...

Hi, Kate! It's good to hear from you! I really enjoyed this post; I can relate to not commenting and trying to stay away from the computer. My blog is sadly deficient of posts lately!

I'm almost finished with Cranbrook. When I put it on my list, I forgot that I had read it last year! Oh, well; it is worth a second read. It is definitely different from "North and South" and "Wives and Daughters," which are the only other Gaskell novels I have read. I just love Miss Matty!

Have a wonderful week!



JenIG said...

three cheers for Anthony Trollope. I highly recommend, "Can You Forgive Her?" it is hilarious so far. i'm really enjoying it.

Coie is home reading with me today (she is in the middle of another southworth book). she has had a temp over 100 all day. which is a bit of a bummer because i just *know* i'm next....

love you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! How neat that your daughter got a gift card to purchase plants. :) I love that you can share that together!



Anonymous said...

Hi there! Thanks for popping by for a little visit the other day. I I I wanted to let you know that I finally finished North and South (sorry for the lack of an underline-I'm typing from my iPod and there is no such thing:) In any event, I really loved it! I do have trouble getting going on certain books, so don't feel like the Lone Ranger!

Happy reading!

Maggie AKA darrensgirl

barbieheart said...

Just visiting! I, too, am trying to limit my computer time. But it is always a treat to visit you!


Anonymous said...

Hi Kate!

I haven't commented for a while because I'm also really limiting my computer time. I stayed up a bit too late tonight to write a post and thought I'd bop over here quickly and see how you and your family are faring.

It's nice to hear what you're up to. We're getting 'garden happy', too, with this pleasant weather. I still hope we can get together sometime in the Spring or Summer if we have the opportunity to jaunt down your way. :o)


Lisa W.


Anonymous said...

Has it really been NINE years since that handsome young man was born in my granny flat? My, my, my. Time flies.

Love you,